The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

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Japan | 1985 | 100 minutes | Macoto Tezuka

Rocky Horror meets A Hard Day's Night in this lost gem of 1980s Japanese cinema, a bonkers musical biopic of the titular, fictional new wave duo that turns the screen into a live-action glitter rock manga.

"A new lease of life for Macoto Tezuka's cult classic."—The Japan Times

Meet the Stardust Brothers, a 1980s Japanese pop duo manufactured by a shady music mogul when he brings together two wannabe stars—punk rock rebel Kan and new-wave crooner Shingo—and transforms them into a girl-friendly, silver-jumpsuited, synth-pop sensation. Along with their appointed #1 fan, who herself dreams of a music career, the duo rockets to stardom, only to discover that, as the lyrics of one of their insanely catchy songs makes clear, "Once you reach No. 1, you just go down." Directed by 22-year-old film-school prodigy Macoto Tezuka, the son of iconic manga artist Osamu Tezuka (creator of "Astro Boy"), this retrofuturist madcap musical is based on an imagined soundtrack album by musician Haruo Chicada. Using films like Phantom Of The Paradise, A Hard Day's Night, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show as inspiration, the pair gathers an eclectic cast of young comedians, musicians, manga artists, and even professional wrestlers to craft an over-the-top pop-cinema smorgasbord of impressive set pieces, DIY design, animated asides, and rock-and-roll hallucinations featuring mutants, zombies, robots, and more. Recently rediscovered and restored, The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers is finally ready for discovery outside of Japan and destined to become the cult classic it always deserved to be.

Clinton McClung

Director Biography
The son of the "Godfather of Manga" Osamu Tezuka ("Astro Boy," "Metropolis"), Japanese director Macoto Tezka (b. 1961) has been making films since he was 17. Stardust Brothers (1985) was Tezka's feature-length debut when he was just 23.

Sponsored by Japan Studies Program at UW, Origami Magazine, Scarecrow Video, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Consulate General of Japan

  • Original Language Title: Hoshikuzu kyodai no densetsu
  • Director: Macoto Tezuka
  • Principal Cast: Shingo Kubota, Kan Takagi, Kyoko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki, Issay
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1985
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Katsunori Haruda, Eiichi Takagi, Takashige Ichise
  • Screenplay: Macoto Tezuka
  • Cinematographers: Eiichi Osawa
  • Editors: Macoto Tezuka
  • Music: Haruo Chicada
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Tokyo Shutter Girl (2013); Black Kiss (2004); Hakuchi: The Innocent (1999); Ghost Paradise (1986); Fantastic Party (1979)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Third Window Films